Anybody else have any recent experience here? We just went tonight and had a really disappointing meal.
So I went with the Portland Dining Month menu and my fiance picked a variety of things off the happy hour and dinner menu. Here's the rundown:
Kimchi + Tons of Pickles - Enjoyed this for the most part as there was a good variety of pickled veggies and and white beech mushrooms. The exception were the shitakes, which were so salty I couldn't actually tell I was eating a mushroom. Saltiness would be the theme of the night.
Fried eggplant, shrimp ball, sweet soy yuzu kosho aioli - Not good.They were trying to go with the sweet/salty combination but the saltiness of shrimp ball completely overwhelmed everything.
Scallop Sashimi with den Miso, Yuzu kosho, and puffed rice. - My first piece had way too much sauce poured on it and was so salty to the point I could couldn't taste any of the scallop. After removing almost all of the sauce, the scallop was [pretty good so with better plating and less sauce this would have been a good dish.
Fried kale, candied bacon, fish sauce, mint - Again waaay to much dressing/sauce as the bites with almost no sauce were actually pretty good and you get a pretty get amount of fried kale. Unfortunately it was a 50/50 split with oversalted ones. Even worse was the 1/2 inch of sauce at the bottom of the dish that made 1/4 of the salad completely inedible. At this point I started thinking maybe I was being too picky and tried eat as much as I could, but proceeded to almost completely kill my taste buds as my tongue felt burned due to insane levels of salt. I mentioned this to the waitress, but all I got was "This is good feedback for the kitchen" and not much of an apology.
madai Sashimi. Aji Amarillo, green papaya, avocado, onion - Decent, fresh, clean tasting dish that could have a little less onion. Might have seemed better than it was due to the issues with some of the previous dishes.
Smoked potatoes, horseradish, egg, ginger, roe - Our second favorite dish of the night as the potatoes had a great flavor which worked well with the rest of the ingredients. At this point the roe barely seemed salty at all.
fried maitake mushrooms with arugula, sansho and Meyer lemon aioli - Our favorite dish of the night by a mile. The Mushrooms had a great flavor and offered just enough saltiness to balance out the sweetness of the meyer lemon aioli.
chicken lollipops, sriracha mayo - I thought this was decent as I liked the dipping sauce but the breading seemed oversalted. Then again, my tastebuds where almost shot so I could have been imaging things.
handkerchief pasta with Sichuan pork ragu, pine nuts, gochujang, tarragon and scallions - Great flavors in this dish as I love Sichuan pepper, but again it seemed over-salted.
At the end of the meal, the fiance and I counted how much water we had chugged to compensate for the insanely oversalted food and we came up with almost 100oz. I've had decent meals here in the past, but this was bad enough that I don't see us coming back. Thankfully our night ended on a much better note due to a visit to Pinolo.